Brothers | Losing It | Downfalls of Desire
Each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. (James 1:14-15)
“How did I get here?” Regret has a way of slapping some sense into us, but it comes a little too late. Sadly, it’s only after the fact that we realize we married the wrong person, become a parent too soon, or gotten ourselves into so much debt Bill Gates couldn’t help. It was only going to be one roll of the dice. One more drink. One flirty text. One angry word. Then the slap comes and we realize we’re caught in a trap and not sure how we got there. James traces the progression from thought to disaster.
Destruction begins with desire. “I want what I want. Now.” Desire is like the strike of a match. It could go out or it could catch something on fire. When we fan the flame by adding a little fuel (fantasy, justification) it warms us and becomes irresistibly enticing. Like a fish nibbling at the bait, we refuse to see the hook. Now desire, not God, rules our lives and we act on it. Afterward, guilt attacks, so we numb the guilt by indulging even more. And more, until we ‘re caught and Satan’s A-team moves in for the kill. Addiction. Abortion. Adultery. Anger. Another soul, another life, another family is destroyed. The disaster could have been avoided if we’d heeded the warning signs in God’s word. It all started with a thought.
Final Thought: Now you know how sin grabs you. Next time wrong desire strikes, heed the signs.
Prayer: Father, I’ve been stupid so many times, getting caught in Satan’s web and wondering how I got there. I’m ready to be wise and recognize the path to disaster. Help me start by blowing out the match when wrong desire starts. Amen.